Jan 15, 2019 - Politics & Policy

Ocasio-Cortez reportedly set to join Financial Services Committee

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Photo: Win McNamee via Getty Images

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) has been recommended for a seat on the House Financial Services Committee, a panel led by Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif) that provides oversight to and sets policies for lenders, U.S. banks and the financial markets, Bloomberg reports.

Why it matters: Ocasio-Cortez, a Democratic-Socialist, refuses to accept corporate campaign donations and has called for the biggest banks to be broken up. Financial firms will likely come under increased scrutiny under the watch of Waters, Ocasio-Cortez and other progressive Democrats expected to be named to the committee, including freshmen Reps. Katie Porter (D-Calif.), Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) and 2020 presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii), per Bloomberg.

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